Lower Swell, Gloucestershire Family History Guide
Lower Swell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.
Alternative names: Nether Swell
Parish church: St. Mary the Virgin
Parish registers begin: 1685
Parishes adjacent to Lower Swell
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
SWELL (Lower), a parish, with a village, in Stow-on-the-Wold district, Gloucester; 1 mile NW by N of Stow-on-the-Wold r. station. Post town, Stow-on-the Wold, under Moreton-in-Marsh. Acres, 1,670. Real property, £3,600. Pop., 449. Houses, 99. The property is much subdivided. Swell Bowl was the residence of the county historian, Sir R. Atkyns. There are a mineral spring and three barrows. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £170. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The church is Norman, with a modern pointed aisle. There is a national school.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850
Swell (Lower), 1 m. W. Stow. P. 352
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850
Marriages at Nether Swell 1686 to 1812
Note. – The oldest register is of parchment, in a bad, broken condition, and irregularly kept, owing, probably, to the non-residence of any vicar or curate until the middle of the present century. The lower portion has been burnt nearly half-way across. This has caused a shrivelling of the parchment, and the disappearance of some dates.
The second register covers the period 1742-1812. It is of parchment, in brown calf-binding, and has been kept better, and is in better condition. On the inside of the cover, however, is this memorandum :- “The parish register of Nether (commonly called Lower) Swell, procured with the utmost difficulty, after having been several years without one, by Henry Browne, M.A., Vicar,” etc.
The third volume, a register of marriages only, of parchment, well kept, and issued, according to a printed title-page, pursuant to Act 27 Geo. II. This register, therefore, covers 1763-1812. This transcript has been made by the present vicar, the Rev. David Royce, and is now printed by his permission and under his supervision
- County: Gloucestershire
- Civil Registration District: Stow on the Wold
- Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
- Diocese: Pre 1836 – Gloucester, Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol
- Rural Deanery: Stow
- Poor Law Union: Stow on the Wold
- Hundred: Slaughter
- Province: Canterbury